Daily Archives: July 29, 2014

Forage Brassicas

Forage Brassicas

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Business Extra

Nontraditional crops can augment forage supplies. Brassicas are a good example. This large family of plants includes turnips, radishes, rutabaga, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, rapeseed and canola. Some have been selected/adapted to create varieties that work well as livestock forage.

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Making Quality Corn Silage

Making Quality Corn Silage

Iowa State University

Good corn silage is an excellent feed for cattle, both beef and dairy as it contains plenty of protein (avg. 8.1% on DM basis) and energy (mostly starch). It often is one of the most economical feedstuffs in terms of cost per unit of protein or energy. It forms the basis for most lactating dairy cow rations and can provide sup-plemental forage or roughage for beef cattle.

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Stockmanship and animal welfare at initial calf processing

Stockmanship and animal welfare at initial calf processing

Billy Whitehurst         

Progressive Cattleman

Stockmanship and animal welfare go hand in hand, and the cattle industry takes both very seriously. “Stockmanship” isn’t found in the Webster dictionary; however, an applicable definition for stockmanship reads, “Stockmanship is the art and science of handling cattle properly.”

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Solve The Short-Energy Forage Problem

Solve The Short-Energy Forage Problem

R.P. “Doc” Cooke

Beef Producer

Forage tonnage and energy content from standing forage are the major limiting factors to profitability on the vast majority of North American livestock operations. Properly managed cattle efficiently harvest grass, lay down litter, spread urine and manure, and build soil health and depth.

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Implants May Decrease Heifer Fertility

Implants May Decrease Heifer Fertility

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Before implanting heifers that will be bred, consult with a veterinarian to be sure fertility won’t be impacted.

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Low-Stress Weaning Helps Boost Calf Immunity

Low-Stress Weaning Helps Boost Calf Immunity

Burt Rutherford


Like many young men who return to the ranch where they grew up, Mike Healy had big dreams back in 1982 when he went home to the LU Ranch at Worland, WY. Despite the inevitable conflicts he knew he would have with his father, Healy’s inquisitive nature and ability to see the long term made him think he could make what his dad had built even better.

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Cattle producers have a beef with study

Cattle producers have a beef with study

Dan Petersen

Muscatine Journal

Most importantly, cattle and sheep as ruminants are using the grass and pastures that are too steep for crops and that otherwise would be wasted. They have the ability to make green grass into a high-protein food that is marketed around the world.

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The Power of Heterosis

The Power of Heterosis

Patti Long

Beef Northwest

When Jeff Palmer took over an 1,800-head cow-calf operation a six years ago, he wanted answers to some of the industry’s most vexing questions.

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Herd rebuilding will be a slow process

Herd rebuilding will be a slow process

Derrell S. Peel


The latest USDA data provides some indication that herd expansion may be beginning but more clearly shows that herd rebuilding will be a long process and a slow one, at least initially.  Not surprisingly, the July Cattle report shows estimates of herd inventories that are down in most all categories compared to the last report in 2012. 

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Learning more about Indiana Beef

Learning more about Indiana Beef

Meghan Grebner

Brownfield Network

Rick Davis of Thorntown, Ind. is the president of the Indiana Beef Cattle Association.  During a recent conversation with Brownfield, Davis outlined some of the activities the association does on behalf of its members.

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